Konferenzen, Tagungen

Proletkult and the Languages of Modernity


Saturday 30 November 2019, 14:00-19:30

Proletkult and the Languages of Modernity

Room G35, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU



Proletkult refers to the Proletarian Cultural-Enlightenment Organization (Proletarskie kul'turno-prosvetitel'nye organizatsii). The institution was autonomous from the Bolshevik party, but is regarded by many as the cultural arm of the revolution. Founded in 1917, it was tasked with developing radical avant-garde aesthetics tailored to the working classes and their emergent role in modern industrial culture.

Proletkult peaked in 1920, when it spread like wildfire before its imminent demise. Despite its short lifespan, it was widely influential. This workshop aims to explore Proletkult from the original angle of language, translation and collective identity, in both Marxist and non-Marxist keys. Topics covered include: the polemics between Lenin and Proletkult in the shadow of the literacy campaign in the USSR, the British reception of Proletkult, Chinese modernity in translation, Soviet sociolinguistics and Gramsci’s linguistic modernity, transnational ethnopolitics along the EU-Russian border and Ljudski Oder between Slovenia, Italy and the international Proletkult.


14:00     Session 1  Chair: N Barron (Birmingham)

Maria Chehonadskih (Central St Martins): “The Epistemological Revolution of Proletkul’t” 

Alessandro Carlucci (Oxford): “Multilingualism and Standardisation: On Gramsci’s Interest in Language and Culture”

Qing Cao (Durham): “Translating Concepts through Graphic Loans: The Case of Guomin in Late Imperial China”

15:30     Tea / coffee break

16.00     Session2  Chair: Katia Pizzi (IMLR)

David Ayres (Kent): “Can the Proletarian Speak?”

Ravel Kodrič (independent scholar): “‘Ljudski Oder’ and ‘DELO’: The Slovenian Branch of the Italian Section of the International Proletkult Movement”

Konstantin Zamyatin (Durham): “Early Soviet National-State Building and Language Policy”

17.30     Round Table and discussion

18.00     Drinks reception

Organised by the Institute of Modern Languages Research and the Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community, Translingual Strand

All are welcome to attend this free event. Places are limited so please register in advance: https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/17841 

Quelle der Beschreibung: Information des Anbieters


Literatur und Kulturwissenschaften/Cultural Studies, Ästhetik, Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts
Proletkult ; Moderne



University of London (UL)
Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR)
Datum der Veröffentlichung: 04.11.2019
Letzte Änderung: 04.11.2019